Part 2 – Who are we?
CHAPTER 3 continued – WHO I AM IN CHRIST BECAUSE OF WHO CHRIST IS IN ME
EXPOSITION OF THE 50 FACTS OF SALVATION
[learn_more caption=”CMC Editor’s Note”] In Ward Brandenstein’s introduction to chapter three he writes: “There is freedom from living a guilt-ridden life to those who have received Christ, once the person learns his true identity in Christ. All of the amazing facts occur at the moment that a person receives the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her Saviour!” Towards the close of his introduction to the 50 Facts he adds: “All of the facts are positional truths. Some may not be apparent as an evident experience at the moment of salvation. (What the believer is to do as a practical result of knowing who he is will be considered under the last section of walking in the Spirit.) These wonderful facts of salvation allow us to know who we are in Christ.” In our online presentation of these 50 facts of salvation we will consider one or more facts per week. We trust that you will be blessed as you follow along Ward Brandenstein’s unfolding of these precious truths.[/learn_more]
“There is freedom from living a guilt-ridden life to those who have received Christ, once the person learns his true identity in Christ. All of the amazing facts occur at the moment that a person receives the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her Saviour!” – Ward Brandenstein
FACT 22 – HAVING ACCESS TO GOD
Romans 5:1,2, Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, By whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Ephesians 2:18, For through Him (Christ) we both (Jew and Gentile) have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Ephesians 3:9a,11,12, And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery…According to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus, our Lord, In whom (Christ Jesus) we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him.
Hebrews 4:14,16, Seeing, then, that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 10:19,22, Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
We are able to come into the Father’s presence as often and as long a time as we need to because Jesus is the believer’s great High Priest and because the indwelling Holy Spirit words our prayers in the Father’s presence in just the way the Father can receive them (Rom. 8:26,27). God is not made weary by our frequent requests.
God’s Holy Spirit creates within the child of God the desire to be close to the Father:
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. …Ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba (“Daddy,” a term of intimacy) Father. (Rom. 8:14,15b)
FACT 23 – HAVING LIBERTY
John 8:31,32, Then said Jesus…If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:36, If the Son, therefore, shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Galatians 5:1, Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty with which Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Galatians 5:13, For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
II Corinthians 3:17, Now the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Romans 6:18, Being, then, made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Romans 6:22, But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Romans 8:2, For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:21, Because the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
A person is in bondage to sin, corruption, self, death, ignorance, and confusion before coming to Christ. A person in Christ is set free to righteousness, holiness, Christ’s life (eternal life), to spirit-directed and spirit-empowered living, to freedom from guilt and condemnation, and to the choice to glorify God without duress. In no case does the scriptural truth of liberty give an individual the right to live in unrestricted freedom to do whatever he sees fit. In reality, he is free to choose whom he will serve. Man was never designed by God to succeed in living his life totally according to his or her self will, independently from God. Liberty, therefore, means that I am free to serve God willingly.
FACT 24 – HEIRS OF GOD, JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST
Galatians 3:29, And if ye be Christ’s then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Galatians 4:7, Wherefore, thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Romans 8:16,17, The Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God; And if children, then heirs – heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ – if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.
Titus 3:7, That, being justified by His (Jesus Christ’s) grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Hebrews 1:14, Are they (angels) not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
Hebrews 6:17, (The promise) Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath.
Just as God has appointed His Son, Jesus, the heir of all things (Heb. 1:2), so the child of God, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, receives the witness of being an heir of God and a joint-heir (or, co-heir) with Jesus Christ. The promise in Rev. 21:7 is the final declaration for the believer of the fulfillment of the inheritance, when it says, He that overcometh shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
FACT 25 – HOLY NATION
Exodus 19:5,6a, Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people; for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.
I Peter 2:9, But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a people of His own, that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
The holiness which God granted to the nation of Israel, which was on the condition of their faithful obedience to the law given to Moses at Sinai, is stated as a reality for everyone who believes in Christ apart from the law. The word, holy, indicates that we, as God’s people, are set apart to God from sinners, and we are being made citizens of a holy nation. Thereby, a sense of citizenship and being a part of an entity larger than our own experience staves off the sense that we are only a small minority. All other national identities dissolve at death, but the believer’s being a member of a holy nation is for both time and eternity.
In summary, holy means set apart, so as a holy nation, we come to realize that there is a distinctiveness about the believers who belong to God that sets us apart from any earthly nationality. As a people of His own, we are made to see that God’s ownership over us puts us in a place of special regard in God’s sight.
(IDENTIFICATION – In the printed book see BAPTIZED, p. 9, and UNITED WITH CHRIST, p. 19)
Next Week: Facts 26+
Copyright © 1996 A. Ward Brandenstein
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A. Ward Brandenstein
Pastor Ward earned an M.A. in Guidance and Counselling from Eastern Michigan University after taking special courses in psychology at Wayne State University, and earned a Bachelor of Theology (Th.B.) from Baptist Bible College and Seminary with Greek and Hebrew studies, and earned a diploma from Philadelphia Bible Institute (now Cairn U.), including New Testament Greek studies. His knowledge of the Bible and close walk with God are appreciated by all who know him and have sat under his teaching. Pastor Brandenstein and his wife Rose Ann reside in California, teaching college level singles and married couples, young professionals, and retired pastors and missionaries.